Compare Besivance vs. Tobradex

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Treats eye infections like pink eye.

Besivance (besifloxacin) effectively treats pink eye, especially more severe cases, but will cost more because no generic is currently available.

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  • Besivance (besifloxacin) effectively treats bacterial eye infections like pink eye, and is often chosen for more serious cases.
  • Less frequent applications make Besivance (besifloxacin) more convenient to use than similar medicines.
  • Has fewer side effects compared to alternative oral medications since Besivance (besifloxacin) is applied directly to the eyes.
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  • Application of Besivance (besifloxacin) can temporarily irritate the eyes.
  • Using eye drops may be harder for some people compared to taking a pill.
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Used for
  • Bacterial infection of eye; Treatment and Prophylaxis - Inflammatory disorder of the eye
  • Steroid-responsive
Dosage forms
  • Eye drops
  • Eye drops
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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Red eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye irritation
  • Headache
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The Tobradex (Tobramycin / Dexamethasone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Allergy to ingredients
    • Allergies to quinolone antibiotics such as Levaquin and Cipro.
  • Risk for contamination
  • Not to be used with contact lenses
  • For use topically in the eyes only
  • Risk of infection
    • Prolonged use
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